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Connections Home-school Program


Dec. 13 — Annual Ice Fishing Field Trip – Meet @ Nikiski Rec Center @ 10 a.m.

Dec. 16 — High School Eligibility Due before noon

Dec. 18 — 1st Semester Grade Reports Due

Dec. 18 — Tustumena 200 Dog Sled Race Drawing Contest – Entries Due

Jan. 6 — 2nd Semester Begins

Ice Fishing Extravaganza — Dec. 13 the Central Peninsula Connections staff is hosting the third annual Connections Ice Fishing Extravaganza! Please come ice fish with your favorite Connections advisors, enjoy fishing fellowship with other homeschool families and perhaps put some fresh fish on the dinner table. Connections staff will be meeting with interested parties at the Nikiski Rec. Center parking lot at 10 a.m. on Dec. 13. We will have an ice auger, warm up tent, fresh bait and fishing rods for loan. Participants are invited to bring their own ice fishing rods, secret fish catching bait and a healthy dose of good fishing luck! Our plan is to travel from the Nikiski Rec Center to Island Lake in Nikiski and fish near the boat ramp. We had very good success last year at this location and hopefully this year we will have similar success. There will be prizes for largest fish, most fish landed and the smallest fish landed. Please RSVP so we have an idea of how many folks are participating. This event is open to all homeschool families regardless of their home school program affiliation. Please feel free to invite folks from other programs, the more the merrier. If the temperature is below zero degrees, we will reschedule this event. T200 Drawing Contest — The 30th T200 Sled Dog Race will start on Feb. 1, 2014 at mile 112 on the Sterling Highway. Each year, we invite every student, Grades 1-6, to create a drawing for our T200 Drawing Contest. Please encourage your students to participate in the contest and to watch the race. The winning entry will be the cover of our 30th T200 race program.

Winter break Schedule — Dec. 23 through Jan. 5 Seward and Homer offices are closed. The Soldotna office will be closed on Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, all advisors will be unavailable and all offices will reopen on Jan. 6. Spelling Bee Information — Connections Homeschool is enrolled in the National Spelling Bee this year. All Connections students in grades third through eighth are encouraged to participate in order to build confidence, increase vocabulary and improve spelling skills. The 2014 Alaska State Spelling Bee will be held on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage (PAC). Our local Spelling Bee will be (tentatively) held on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 in Soldotna at the Gilman River Center, we will confirm the Jan. 21 date before the Christmas break. If you have any questions please call Lennie Yoder at 907-714-8880 or

IDEA Home-school program

IDEA is hosting its annual Winter Party today at Jumpin Junction from 2 to 4 p.m. All IDEA families are welcome to attend and take part in bouncing and mini golf. Families please remember to bring a finger food to share.

The office is now decorated for the winter and families that stop by are invited to find snow flakes with snowmen shapes. See how many snowmen snow flakes you can find to win a treat from Omie.

Families looking to cozy up to a good book can find a large selection of Alaskan literature and non-fiction. These books not only engage the imagination but inform us on geography, habitat and culture. Additionally, the library also contains the latest fiction to go with the current blockbuster movies and help to encourage students to read.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

Permission slips were sent home with the first through sixth graders to allow them to be buses to KCHS on Dec. 10 for the Winter Concert rehearsal. Please get those signed and returned to the teachers as soon as possible.

The Student Council sponsored non-perishable food drive begins today. Your donations are greatly appreciated and will help fill the pantries of the Kaleidoscope families on our Christmas Drive with extra food being donated to the Food Bank.

Wednesday Gym Club and Arts & Craft Club are meeting from 3:45-4:45 p.m. for those who have turned in their permission slip forms. Thank you for picking your child up on time.

Thursday Math & Science Club and Dance Club are meeting from 3:45-4:45 p.m. for those who have turned in their permission slip forms. Thank you for picking your child up on time.

Dates to Remember

Dec. 9 – Little Shoppers Shoppe opens

Dec. 10 – Winter concert at KCHS at 7 p.m.

Dec. 12 – Christmas Band concert in the gym at 6 p.m.

Dec. 13 – Band assembly (repeat of last night’s concert) at 9:15 a.m.

Dec. 14 – Christmas Drive Pick-up at 10 a.m.

Dec. 6-PTA is setting up for Little Shoppers Shoppe and they need your help. If you would like to help them out with set up, working the Little Shoppers Shoppe, or take down (and have done the volunteer requirements), let them know at

The snow is here and sleds are coming to school. If your student is riding a bus and bringing a sled, only roll up sleds are allowed on buses.

The LifeSkill we are focusing on this week is Friendship: To make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring.

K-Beach Elementary

The K-Beach PTA is hosting the annual Kids Go Shopping event in the K-Beach commons from today through Friday. Store hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Kids will have the opportunity to come down during the school day and shop. Please check with your student’s teacher to find out the date/time they have signed up for. If you would like to help with this event, contact PTA Chairperson Cindy Haakenson at 907-252-1028 or check out ‘SignupGenius’ on the K-Beach PTA Facebook page.

Dec. 17 – Band concert in the K-Beach gym at 6 p.m.

Dec. 20 – Inservice day – No School

Dec. 23 through Jan. 3 – Winter Break – No School

Kenai Central High School

You are cordially invited to attend the Annual Holiday Band Concert and Annual Dessert Auction at Kenai Central High School. The concert will include performances from both the Kenai Central High School Bands and the Kenai Middle Bands. The dessert auction began several years ago as a fundraiser to help support the Kenai bands and their need for new music, uniforms and instruments. This tradition will continue this year as we endeavor to bring the gift of music to our youth and our community.

Please join us for a wonderful afternoon of music performed by some of the finest young musicians in our area. The Holiday Band Concert and Dessert Auction is Dec. 15. Preview of desserts begins at 2:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 3 p.m. We hope you and your family will come and join us for an evening of fun, music and goodies.

Congratulations to November’s 2013 Student of the Month: Rotary – Jordan Jackman, Chamber – Caitlin Steinbeck, Elks – Rhoads Warner, Kard-of-the-Deck – Brett Meyer, Super Staffer- Eddie Handsaker, Physics – Emmily Janke, Government – Ian Ferguson, Biology – Savannah Boze, Advanced Algebra – James Bodolosky, Study Skills – KathLynn Payton, Biology – Taylor Sheldon, Life Activities – MaryBethany Coghill, Ceramics Alyeska Krull, Foods – Haiden Perkins, US History – Driskoll Heath, Performing Arts - Choir – Kyle Forée, Study Skills – Sierra Morton, Spanish 1 – Amber Souders, Woodworking – David Bourdon-Paule

Kenai Middle School

Kenai Middle School is collecting canned and boxed food items for the annual food drive. We will be collecting cans until Dec. 18. These items are given to help the community for the upcoming holiday season. Food should be turned in to the commons area before school. Thank you for caring and sharing.

First round of Borough Basketball will begin on Tuesday.

The Holiday Choir concert will be on Thursday at 7 p.m. It is being held at the Kenai Central High School auditorium. Please come out for a night full of Christmas music.

There will be a Winter Dance for all 7th and 8th graders this Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $3 or five cans of food at the door.

KCHS & KMS Band Annual Holiday Concert & Dessert Auction will be Dec. 15 at the KCHS Auditorium. The Auction starts at 2:30 p.m. and Concert begins at 3 p.m. Performing bands include KMS Intermediate Band, KMS Concert Band; KCHS Concert Band & KCHS Jazz Ban; Junior & Senior Soloists.

Mountain View Elementary

It is not too late to help a family in need during this holiday season. If you would be able to donate anything from a pair of gloves, a hat, a turkey, or a complete holiday meal, please drop your donation off at the office or call Kimb or Kim at 907-283-8600. Your contribution would be very much appreciated.

The next PTA meeting is Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. in the staff lounge.

“The Holiday Wonderland” will be open today through Thursday in the Library. This is a program hosted by the PTA to allow students to shop for inexpensive Christmas gifts for family & friends. If you would like to volunteer to help students shop please call the office at 283-8600 to schedule a time.

Our winter concert for first, second & third grade students will be on Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. in the KCHS auditorium. The dress rehearsal will take place the morning of Dec. 17 at KCHS.

Donations of baked items are needed for the bake sale being held right after the concert at KCHS on Dec. 17. Bring your goodies directly to the high school when coming for the concert. Items will be sold for $1 each after the concert so remember to bring your ones.

Soaring Eagles for the month of October were Kristi Anderson, Alora Barlow, Evelyn Brown, Nekoda Cooper, Kaya Cox, Chanelle Curren, Briana Eide, John Einerson, Taylor Huett, Mavryk Lambert, Tiffany Mason, Avia Miller, Marissa Moffis, Sean Olson, Anne Marie Pienta, Ashlyn Potton, Thomas Smith, Zak Williams and Franchesca Wingster.

Soaring Eagles for the month of November were Koby Anderson, Cooper Arousa, Kenneth Coghill II, Evelyn Cooper, Tait Cooper, Kandice Cornett, Courtney Ellis, Megan Hutchings, Robert Lawson, Carmen Mallory, Chloe Moffett, Eli Morris, Kristopher Morris, Hanna Morrow, Nate Mowery, David Reed III, Leif Wilshusen, Kate Wisnewski and Rain Wong.

Winter break is Dec. 23 through Jan. 5. Students return to school on Jan. 6.

Nikiski Middle/High

Tuesday– Middle School Basketball at Soldotna Middle School – 3:00 p.m.

Thursday — Winter Concert – 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium

Friday, December 13 – Saturday, December 14 - High School State Wrestling Tournament @ Anchorage Christian School

Friday – High School Dance from 8 to 11 p.m.

Dec. 14 – Middle School Basketball at Soldotna Middle School – 10 a.m.

For families planning to travel during the holidays with students who will be missing school please remember to have your student pick up a pre-arranged absence form from the office and get it filled out. Remember, the second quarter ends on Friday, Dec. 20. There is no school on this day. This is also the beginning of Christmas Vacation. School will resume on Jan. 6, 2014.

Over the past weekend, Jesse Bjorkman, a middle school teacher here at Nikiski Middle High School, with the help of some other volunteers including members of the fish and game, took a group of AOC middle school students on an educational moose hunt. They hunted, stalked and eventually arrowed a huge cow moose. The fun and learning did not stop there as the students also had to process the moose themselves. This opportunity was an amazing educational experience that celebrates the uniqueness that Alaska has to offer. This is yet another example of the commitment and creativity the Nikiski Middle High School staff shares with their students. Great job Jesse.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Grades K through second will perform in a Christmas concert on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. This festive concert will be held in the Nikiski Middle High School Auditorium. Performers are asked to arrive by 6 p.m.

Yearbook orders are due on Friday, December 13th. If you have any questions, please call the office at 907-776-2600.

The NNS community is invited to a special course that will be held in our school library in January. This class will be offered through Stanford University and is titled, “Child Nutrition and Cooking 2.0”. The class each week is divided into two parts; the first part is information about childhood nutrition and the second part is a “hands-on” cooking demonstration. Anyone who is interested can go to the website and learn more about the course. We will offer specific dates and times as it gets closer to January.

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt PTA Holiday Kindness Program - Assisting Redoubt families in need this holiday season. All gifts need to be brought to the school by today. Cash donations in any amount can be dropped off at the school office. Money will be used to purchase holiday gifts for Redoubt children and their families. Thank you to everyone who supported our program this holiday season.

Redoubt PTA is hosting their second annual “Winter Carnival”. Mark your calendar for Feb. 15th. There will be door prizes, raffles, games, and a silent auction. Don’t miss the opportunity to dunk Mr. Pothast in the dunk tank. If you like to bounce, there will be a bounce house too. If you would like to volunteer to help at the carnival please call the school office. Maybe you own a business and wish to make a donation of goods or services for the auction, if so, please contact the school office. Thank you

Redoubt school T-Shirt logo design contest. We are in need of a new design for a school T-Shirt. This logo design contest will be open to all Redoubt families (students, siblings, parents and teachers).

Guidelines: Elementary Friendly, Appropriate for pre-k-6th graders, Include the school mascot; Roadrunner, Include the words “Redoubt Elementary Roadrunners,” One color design, Design must be on an 8x11 plain white piece of paper.

All designs need to be turned in by 9:00am Tuesday, December 17th. All entries should be turned in to the school office. The winner will receive a free T-Shirt or Sweatshirt with their logo design on it.

Dec. – 3, 4 and 5 – Elf Shelf Holiday Store

Dec. 20 - in-service day – NO SCHOOL for students

Dec. – 23 – Jan. 3 – NO SCHOOL – Christmas Vacation

River City Academy

Students have spent the last couple of weeks offering ideas for Interims to be held during the month of January. Interims are where the school engages in short intense courses and have a little fun. This week a list of courses will be compiled for students to choose from based on their ideas. Students who are significantly behind in their regular academic classes will be placed on the I.N.L. (Intentional Non-Learners) list or study hall, instead of participating in that scheduled interim. Students have had advance notice if they are in danger of being placed in I.N.L., and ample opportunities to get caught up on their regular work.

Dec. 20 — Inservice and second quarter ends, no school for students

RCA is currently accepting applications for students in grades seventh through 12th-grades who are interested in a unique school experience. Students who demonstrate skills in being self-motivated, successful time managers and advocate on their own behalf are often an ideal fit for RCA. The performance-based model offers students choice in their education inside of a consistent standards-based curriculum. For more information, please call 907-714-8945.

The next Saturday School will take place this Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students will focus on science and PECC.

Skyview High

Skyview wrestlers defeated Homer 60-17. Winning their matches for Skyview were Sage Hill at 195, Taylor Macrae at 220, Austin Craig at 106, Seth Hutchison at 113, Ryan Winter at 120, Grant Valiquette at 126, and Bailey Blumentritt at 145.

Mrs. Raemaeker’s Government and US History classes are participating in a mock trial case in class. They are participating as attorneys, witnesses, judges and juries as they explore the American judicial system.

Her senior Government students recently participated in a polycom conference with Justin Carr’s class at KCHS, and 8 schools from Texas as we listened and asked questions of former Secretary of the NSA and former CIA director General Michael Hayden. Kenai and Skyview debated the topic of security vs. privacy, following General Hayden’s presentation and questions. The students arrived before 5:00 AM and many reported that the experience was wonderful and worthwhile. They gained a great deal of insight talking with General Hayden and enjoyed the opportunity to connect with eight other schools in the lower forty-eight.

The National Honor Society participated in their annual holiday food basket project during November and partnered with the Skyview and Sohi Student Councils and respective schools to provide holiday baskets for members of the local community.

The Winter Concert will be today at 7p.m. in the Skyview commons.

There will be a Water Safety Instructor class (W.S.I) Dec. 14, 15, and 20 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Cost is $200 per student. To sign up please call Pool Manager Luke Baumer at Skyview pool (907) 262-3905.

Soldotna Middle School

Soldotna Middle School Smart Start Breakfast Program is underway. Any student enrolled at Soldotna Middle School can receive a simple breakfast daily from 7:20 a.m. to 7:35 a.m. in Mrs. Pothast’s Room. Students will be expected to follow all school rules, be courteous to other students and arrive to their Homeroom class on time. Food Donations Welcome Volunteers are Needed. A full list of details can be found on the Soldotna Middle School Webpage or by contacting the school at 907-260-2500.

Missed the front page news last week? Soldotna Middle School Penny Drive was a huge success. A grand total of $989.65 was raised to benefit the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Thank you to all students and staff who donated to this event.

Fortnightly is Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. – Parent chaperones are needed. Please contact the school to volunteer.

Basketball this week— Tuesday — First Round of Borough Tournament – TBA

Saturday — Finals of Borough Tournament at Soldotna Middle School & Skyview High School at 10 a.m.

Congratulations to the Students of the Month for November — Band – Anna Aley; Choir – Melia Miller; Drumline – Ben Wilson; Art Intro – Kortney Birch, Kristina Bybee, Ashlee Heiman, Katelynn Kimes, Mariah Parnell, Emily Pieh, Aliann Schmidt, Kayli Smith, Kindle Williams; Business & Information – Victoria Giles, Colleen Yeskie; Ceramics – Sarah Baktuit; Construction – John Mark Pothast, Benjamin Snow, Kindle Williams; Graphic Design – Brandon Crowder; Health – Erika Bennett, Cloe Milbauer, Natalia O’Toole, Marlayna Saavadra; Homeroom – Alexis Giles; Photo 1 – Emily Jackson, Tyla Moorleghen; Robotics – Darwin Baldwin; Sculpture – Rachel Davidson; Spanish 1 – Jaela Hubbard, Kami Martin, Chance Turvin; Woods 1 – Charis Curry, Seth Gardner, Nicolas Horning; Yearbook – Jordan Merrill; Algebra – Aurora Suder; American History – Emily Jackson, Alexandra Johnson, Ricci Sackett, Stormy Shields; Language Arts – Nathaniel Patat, Kenneth Asbell, Sharon Childsdress White, Hannah Delker, Gage Burns Hankins, Levi Wahl, Kortney Birch, Delaney Risley; Math – Cora Carter, Loren Melovedoff, Joseph Parker, Jacob Wylie; Math Study Skills – Paige Kruse, Arin Reger, Taha Trigg, Ruby Willoya Williams, Curtis Kanakis, Elizabeth Lisenby; Reading – Alexandra Carrasco; Science – Caroline Cho, Logan Craig, Wyatt Denna, Conner Fowler, Serena Larrow, Anthony Long, Samuel Snow, Ella Stenga, Colleen Yeskie, Kallie Kenner, Aurora Suder; Study Skills – Victoria Denison, Curtis Kanakis, Katlian Nelson, Dorothy Nicole Kreider, Sean Verg-In

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

We are in need of helpers Santa’s Secret Shop to help manage sales Dec. 16 and 17. Interested parents should contact the office.

Soldotna High School

The Soldotna High School Child Development class is having a free daycare 12/12 and 12/13 from 12:00-2:15 p.m. Games, crafts, snacks, and other activities will be provided. Children must be potty trained and between 2-5 years of age. Registration is required. Please email Meggean at for an enrollment form.

ROBOTICS CLUB: Thank you to everyone for supporting the robotics club. Our next Lego Adventures & Robotics kids camps will be on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. in Rm76. The registration is $35. Please email Mrs. McGlothen ( for more information.

YEARBOOK: Just a quick update on where we are. Students have completed with their first spread. That puts us at about half of the way finished. We are still looking for some cross country state & regions pictures and some state swim pictures. With winter sports beginning their competition part of the season, please look for those photo opportunities and snap a quick picture for us and upload them to the website. I will be trying to get cameras at most events, but even with the hundreds of football photos we had I was searching for just the right photo at the end so ‘the more the merrier’. I would also like some crowd shots as it shows our community support for the athletics programs.

We are short on our sales goals; if you are interested in purchasing a yearbook or advertising space please do so before winter break to get the best pricing. Josten’s is now offering website business advertising on for businesses that purchase a half page or full page advertisement. If you would like to donate a yearbook to a senior please email me and I will help make that happen. Yearbooks this year are $57 and come with free personalization if pre-ordered. Our sales goal for the senior class is 90% and 200 books by Dec. 20. If we have over a 75% purchase rate for our senior class before Dec. 13 we are offering an incentive/reward drawing: any senior that has purchased a yearbook by Dec. 13 will be put in a drawing for a free half page senior send-off (recognition). If you have already purchased your yearbook, thank you. If you have not, please go to the josten’s website or stop by the school to place your order. We will draw a winner during semester one finals week. If you are interested in donating a yearbook to a senior, please email me and I will help you give this gift.

If you ever have any questions or just too many photos to upload to the website, please feel free to email Mrs. McGlothen ( and I will get back to you. Thanks for your support and have a great holiday season.

Soldotna Elementary

News from Mrs. Cannava’s preschool classroom — Mrs. Cannava’s pre-K class is very thankful for the paint donations from Leanne Reaktenwalt and Cat Bras for our tall paintings. Thanks to these ladies and the Jones’ family who donated bases, we will be able to learn about artist Holton Rower and create our own tall paintings this December.

You go, Pre-Ks. Please display your artwork outside the classroom again as you did your Claude Monet paintings. We love your beautiful bridges with the water lilies below.

Please join us for the PTA meeting Dec. 16 at 3:45 p.m. in the library. Childcare is provided.

We want to congratulate all our fifth- and sixth-grade girls and boys who participated in gymnastics under the coaching of Mrs. Juliussen and Mrs. Mohorcich. These gymnasts performed for parents and friends at a gymnastic extravaganza on Nov. 25 in the gym.

Please remember if you are parked next to the sidewalk, that the exhaust fumes are not healthy for our children or staff. Kindly turn off your engines, and know that we are very appreciative.

We have postponed our Family Math Night until Jan. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. December is already such a busy month for everyone, but by January we will be ready for something fun to do together again.

Mrs. Buben’s third- and fourth-graders are doing community research by visiting local businesses and municipal service departments. Last week they visited our Police Department, Safeway, and McDonalds. This Wednesday they will visit the Fire Department.

Our box top winner in last week’s drawing was Miss Marissa Griffin.

The new accountability system ranks schools on a 100-point scale, and elementary schools are rated on the following: (1) individual student academic achievement, (2) overall school progress or improvement of academic scores from year to year, and (3) the percentage of students in attendance at school each day during the full school year.

In order to receive the maximum number of daily attendance points, we must achieve 96% daily attendance at school. Last year our daily attendance rate was 92.28%. Your help is critical in this effort! It has always been important that your child attend school every day that s/he is well so s/he can have a successful and meaningful school experience. Now, regular attendance will also help our school achieve 5-star status. Thank you so much.


Excellence in Writing: Jan. 6-29

Mastery of Multiplication: Jan. 7-Feb. 4

Private Pilot Ground School: Jan. 23-Feb. 27

Alaska Studies for Credit: Jan. 27-March 6

Come see our Christmas Concerts: Dec. 5th and 6th at 6 p.m. featuring guitar, piano and voice entertainment to be held at The Study.

As always The Study offers private tutoring for all subjects and all ages as well as voice, piano and guitar. We are fully accredited by AdvancEd.

Tustumena Elementary

It is getting pretty cold already, so send your kids to school with warm clothes. Hats, gloves/mittens, snow pants, and coats are required for recess. We have a guideline of -10 for recess (including wind chill factor) so we want to bundle them up and let them play. The sledding hill is closed right now but we will open it when we get enough snow to make it safe.

Christmas Stories

Title I Meeting and Family Reading Night/Ornament Making

Tuesday 3:45 – 5 p.m. in Room 104

Title I families are invited to our winter Title I meeting to discuss parent involvement funds for the year. A small snack will be provided. The meeting will be followed by a family fun activity night. Families can read Christmas stories, play reading games and make dough ornaments.

All students must be accompanied by an adult to attend. Questions? Call Mrs. Granger at 907-260–1366

Dec. 6 — Star Lab/ Science Festival with Cash Raffle Drawing, 6 to 8pm

Dec. 12 — Winter Concert, 6 p.m. and Snowmen at Night, GR K-3 & Band

Dec. 18 — Geography Bee and Canned Food Drive Ends

Dec. 20 — NO School, Inservice Day and end of second quarter

Wings Christian Academy

Office of the Week-ULC: Madison Berga LLC: Zane James

“Wings Christmas Play” will be performed on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Everyone welcome. Parents please bring Holiday snack to share.

Wednesday students will be going to the Tyotka Elder Center in Kenai, to sing and present gifts to elders.

Dec. 20th will be the Wings Christmas Party from 10a.m. to noon.

Christmas Break will began Dec. 20th at noon, and school to resume on Jan. 7, 2014.